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San Francisco Zoo
San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco Zoo

Sloat Blvd & Great Highway, San Francisco, California, USA, 94132

The Basics

The San Francisco Zoo features animals in a range of settings, from natural habitats to thematic exhibits. Larger animals reside in Cat Kingdom and Grizzly Gulch, while the Insect Zoo showcases crawling creatures like tarantulas and termites. And the zoo has more than animals and gardens—check out the mini steam train and antique carousel. The ecosystem-themed bio-regions of the Elinor Friend Playground are also ideal for kids, and the Conservation Corner showcases lessons about conservation at home.

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San Francisco CityPASS
San Francisco CityPASS
star-4.5
$76.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
There is so much to do and so little...
There is so much to do and so little time to it all, but with the City Pass it is almost layed out for you!!
rp91901, Jun 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in San Francisco

star-5
Best way to see SF
Debra_J, Jan 2022
Go City: San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions
The bus tour was great we will be back. The ease of the city pass made traveling so nice. Its an awesome deal
star-4
Nice experience
Becky_P, Apr 2021
Go City: San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions
Everything was excellent, everyone was friendly wish I had more time and more attractions were open.
star-4
CityPASS
Carol P, Sep 2019
San Francisco CityPASS
We would have rated it a 5 if we were given more info about times and places where the buses went and locations of the bus stops.
star-4
No Frills
WeiSheng_N, May 2019
Go City: San Francisco Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 Attractions
Easy access to most of the sites. Uses the pass for aquarium of the bay, exploratorium, California Academy of Science and De Young museum.
star-5
Great way to see lots of San Francisco!
Layla_R, Sep 2019
Go City: San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions
Great deal!!! Took my 2 teen granddaughters and we were able to see tons of things on our two day pass.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The San Francisco Zoo is ideal for animal lovers and families with children.

  • Seniors and children ages 4 to 14 receive discounted admission, as do those who take MUNI to the zoo. Kids age 3 and under are free.

  • To maximize your zoo time, consider purchasing advance tickets online to avoid the lines.

  • Adventurous visitors can bring a bike and try the zoo’s seasonal, guided bike tours.

  • There are three zoo restaurants, including the Station Pizza Parlor, which overlooks the bear exhibits.

  • Bring a warm layer, as there’s often fog or a chilly breeze off the Pacific Ocean.

  • You'll be eligible for a discount if you take Muni to the zoo.

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How to Get There

The San Francisco Zoo is located at Sloat Boulevard and 45th Avenue. Beat traffic and take MUNI’s L Taraval line outbound, or bus 23 or 18. If driving from the East or South Bay, take 280 North to John Daly Boulevard. From the North Bay, take 19th Avenue to Presidio Parkway. The zoo entrance is located on the Great Highway. There is a paid lot at the zoo and free street parking.

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When to Get There

The zoo is open from 10am to 4pm every day of the year. Weekends are busiest, so consider visiting mid-week to avoid crowds. For the sunniest weather, plan to visit in September or October; because of its seaside location, the zoo may be chilly in the winter months.

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The Sculpture Learning Plaza

Kids are right at home in the zoo’s Sculpture Learning Plaza, filled with nearly 100 animal sculptures carefully composed with materials that convey a lifelike texture. There’s a true-to-size alligator, enlarged amoeba, and breaching gray whale. This accessible space is designed for touch exploration, and includes species-specific walk-around cards so you can learn about ecology as you explore.

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